[vcf-midatlantic] What projects are you working on?

Chris Fala chrisjpf33 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 01:02:30 EST 2020

Today I replaced the faucet in my mother-in-law's kitchen sink. There is a
cast-iron radiator under there. My body aches from playing contortionist.
It is a miracle that I got the old one out. The new one looks and works
beautifully! Not retro computers, but a satisfying accomplishment.

I have a new TFW8b Mini-PET that needs to be built. I also bought Ben
Eater's 6502 breadboard computer kit (still unbuilt). Etc., etc., etc.


On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 11:37 AM Jameel Akari via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> > On Dec 29, 2020, at 11:17 AM, Andrew Diller <dillera at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Jameel- the group I work (play?) with has done this for IRIX, and it's
> very, very cool. Ansible is a perfect way to establish a 'known good state'
> esp on 90's era UNIX workstations as they often payed little attention to
> things like security. IRIX leaves every installation on every version with
> no root password. While using something like this requires some basic UNIX
> knowledge it's still a great way to show new users what to do- as they can
> examine the playbooks and just execute the commands themselves in order to
> learn the proper procedures and sequences of things to do for this systems.
> >
> Yup, I’ve seen what you’re doing with IRIX and I realized that it’d be
> useful on Tru64/AIX/SunOS/SysV.  Or OpenVMS. :p
> It hadn’t occurred to me there was even a telnet module for Ansible -
> never looked until now!
> > This is a very worthwhile endeavor and would be cool to have on say,
> tru64 or something. If you don't already have a SGI talk to me about
> getting one and hop on our discord, it's a continuous stream of interesting
> and fun things to do for these systems.
> >
> I have /several/ SGIs, I just haven’t made time to play with them
> recently.  And I think I’m on that Discord, but I don’t have time/energy to
> do more than lurk at the moment.
> >
> > Even this project is due for an overhaul as we are now able to replace
> the old packages we use here (necoware) with the new RSE packages we've
> been developing and are now ready for use.
> >
> I am excited to see a Nekoware replacement, finally.
> > From: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic-bounces at lists.vcfed.org>
> > Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:33 AM
> > To: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>
> > Cc: Jameel Akari <jakari at bithose.com>
> > Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] What projects are you working on?
> >> On Dec 29, 2020, at 9:19 AM, Alexander Jacocks via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> Non-vintage, but I also wrote an published an Ansible role to use
> EntryDNS
> >> to answer ACME challenges. I really enjoy working with Ansible!
> >>
> >
> > I’ve thought about playbooks for less-common vintage UNIXes.  It’d be
> nice to be able to just push config onto a fresh base OS without spending
> hours re-installing and re-configuring every time I want to replace disks
> or whatever.  And to have that playbook configuration be
> code-as-documentation.
> >
> >
> /jka

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